Mayas return for clarification – again!

On Tuesday a panel of Caribbean Court of Justice judges gave GOB a deadline of two months to return with a concrete plan with a view to defining Mayan land rights, in consultation with the Mayan people.
Representatives of the Mayan Leaders Alliance (MLA) and the Toledo Alcaldes Association (TAA) filed an application for clarity which was heard on Tuesday, stating that while the definition of land rights is crystal clear to all Mayans, GOB seems content to claim that the issue is not clearly defined.
On October 31st, 2015, the CCJ had ordered government to form a $300,000 fund as reparation for damages to the Mayan people. That fund hasn’t been set up and Program Director for the MLA, Pablo Mis claims that there have been no consultations with government since the order.
In a nutshell, the MLA and TAA sought the assistance of the Court on three matters – (1) a declaration that the government has violated the consent order of April, 2015; (2) clarification of the rights of Mayan communities, and (3) clarification on the issue of the fund to be set up for damages.
Mis told the Reporter following the hearing this morning that government is citing the recent elections for the delay.
The panel of judges did not accept that excuse, Mis claimed. Instead it ordered that the government report back on January 21st, 2016, with concrete actions that they would have taken in consultation with the Mayan people.
Mis told the Reporter that constantly having to seek the intervention of the Court, while necessary, is not an ideal situation. He says that if government would just, in good faith, initiate consultation with the Mayan people, he is sure that they could reach a resolution on the matter.

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